The Evolution of the Hermès Care Tag

Just like the copyright, Hermès has used different care tags on its silk scarves (90 x 90) throughout the years. What started out as a small folded over white tag developed into a small rectangular care tag with care instructions that we find on today’s carres.

Rather than trying to describe the various Hermès care tags, I have decided to show the progression of the care tag through photos.  Please remember that this is more of an overview and a guide, as I only post photos of scarves that are or have been in my possession, and therefore do not have photos of all the care tags Hermès has ever used.

A care tag can both help you date and authenticate your scarf, but as many times the original owner will have removed it, your vintage scarf may no longer sport its care tag.  It should be noted that in the early years, Hermès, like with the copyright, did not add care tags to its scarves.

So, whether your scarf still has its tag or has lost it along the way, I hope you will find this information helpful.

The Early Years (Folded Care Tag)

1974 - Springs, Ledoux
1974 – Springs, Ledoux
1974 - Les Eperons
1974 – Les Eperons
1961 - Fleurs de Lotus, Vauzelles, 1961
1961 – Fleurs de Lotus, Vauzelles, 1961
1952 - Quai aux Fleurs, Grygkar
1952 – Quai aux Fleurs, Grygkar
1979 - Swing, Abadie
1979 – Swing, Abadie
1963 - Chiens et Valets, Hallo
1963 – Chiens et Valets, Hallo
1964 - Etriers, Perriere
1964 – Etriers, Perriere
1962, Grand Apparat, Eudel
1962, Grand Apparat, Eudel
1968 - L'Hiver, Ledoux
1968 – L’Hiver, Ledoux
1967 - Selles a Housse, Vauzelles
1967 – Selles a Housse, Vauzelles
1968 - Frontaux et Cocardes, Latham
1968 – Frontaux et Cocardes, Latham
1965 - Les Voitures a Transformation, Perriere
1965 – Les Voitures a Transformation, Perriere
1986 - Regina Prix de Diane
1986 – Regina Prix de Diane

The Transition Years (Long Care Tag in both English and French)

1992 re-issue - la Reale, Grygkar (1953)
1992 re-issue – la Reale, Grygkar (1953)
1990 - Grand Manege, Origny
1990 – Grand Manege, Origny
1992 (re-issue) Musee, Ledoux (1962)
1992 (re-issue) Musee, Ledoux (1962)
1992 - Festival, D'Origny
1992 – Festival, D’Origny
1996 -Musique des Dieux, Stuhlhofer-Mayr
1996 -Musique des Dieux, Stuhlhofer-Mayr
1992 - Joies d'Hiver, Metz
1992 – Joies d’Hiver, Metz
1994 - Fetes du Roi Soleil, Duchene
1994 – Fetes du Roi Soleil, Duchene
1993 - Luna Park, Metz
1993 – Luna Park, Metz
1998 - Grande Tenue, D'Origny (1985)
1998 – Grande Tenue, D’Origny (1985)
1986 - The Royal and Ancient Game of Golf
1986 – The Royal and Ancient Game of Golf
1996 - Musique des Spheres, Pauwels
1996 – Musique des Spheres, Pauwels
1994 (re-issue) - Brides de Gala, Grygkar (1957)
1994 (re-issue) – Brides de Gala, Grygkar (1957)
1995 - Plumes et Grelots, Abadie
1995 – Plumes et Grelots, Abadie

Modern Care Tag (may be in different colors, black, brown or white)

2001 - Varangues, Rybaltchenko
2001 – Varangues, Rybaltchenko
1999 - Pythagore, Pauwels
1999 – Pythagore, Pauwels
2007 (re-issue) - La Reale, Grygkar (1953)
2007 (re-issue) – La Reale, Grygkar (1953

Some unusual Care Tags (Department Stores and transition care tag)

1967 - Roues de Canons, Latham
1967 – Roues de Canons, Latham
1968 - Tribord, Abadie
1968 – Tribord, Abadie
1963 - Cuivreries, Perriere
1963 – Cuivreries, Perriere

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